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    Newbie with Revosys X500.1

    This is my first post here so let me give you some back ground:

    I'm new to carputers, but have been doing simple to moderate car audio installs for several years. I've also built a desk top PC in the past and it didn't catch fire so I know a LITTLE about PC's also. I'm in the military stationed in Korea at the moment and your tax dollars have transported my vehicle here from the US. I own a 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP with about $20k in various mods but still have the stock Monsoon stereo system and its time for an upgrade!

    Any of you that have seen a Solstice up close know that there isn't much room. Instead of building a PC that would be crammed into every nook and cranny, I purchased a Revosys X500.1 which is an all encompassed 2 DIN PC with al the bells a whistles and had Centrafuge installed on it already.. Website below:

    http://www.revo-sys.com/proddetail.php?prod=X500.1

    On the 4 USB 2.0 ports in the back, I'm planning on putting the bluetooth dongle, the X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro Audio Adapter sound card, my HP Tuners connection, and a Digi Hubport/7c 5.5-30VDC.

    I'm going to use the Digi Hubport to connect my GPS, USB radio receiver, WiFi dongle, and a 1TB hard drive.

    So far, what I'm missing is a USB adapter for my factory XM antenna. Any help finding one would be much appreciated! I anticipate starting this project in late May when my tools arrive in my Household Good shipment. Any other suggestions will be seriously considered also! Thanks!

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    Military Family

    Hello, I just got out of the military almost a month ago so I have to show you love. Also I hope al your HHG items showed up unbroken, but you know how they can be. I am an IT by trade but this will be my 1st carputer as well. So judging from you list and the fact that I have been looking into the exact same system, it seems that you most of it covered. It really depends on what you want to do with your carputer. For instance you have no DVD/CD device, which is fine if you dont plan to burn/play anything.

    Maybe you can help me out as well, I have just learned about the Revosys 500.1 as of yesterday and am really thinking about getting one. How do you like yours? Does it run pretty smoothly? Most important how did you connect your sound from the unit to your amp?

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    Have you gotten your unit yet? I got mine around a month ago and there are only 2 usb ports on the back.

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    No I have not gotten mine yet, I am still in the research phase. I dont want to get burned. I am surprised that yours has two usb ports on the back when the pic has four, refer to image 4 of 5 at this link.

    May I ask what OS are you running and how does the system run for your application?

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    I was surprised also. I am running win 7 ultimate and for the small amount of time i've had it, it seems to work ok. I had to send it back for repairs because the monitor quit working. They had to send it back to china to fix it. The "factory in china" said that it wouldn't be covered under warranty because i opened the case and they said i broke it . This is where i will caution you. You get NOTHING in the box, other than the PC. No motherboard manual or any other documentation. They advertise the screen as being sunlight readable and it is (barely). I may end up buying one of the optically bonded screens.

    Had i to do it all over again, i'm not sure i would go the same route. I didn't want to put a case under my seat and run wires to the dash for the monitor, so i went with the x500.1. I didn't get the usb soundcard so i can tell you that using the built in sound makes it sound "different" than your factory receiver.

    If you have any other questions, fire away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Zod View Post
    Most important how did you connect your sound from the unit to your amp?
    I got a harness specific to my vehicle (PAC, Metra or Scosche) and that plugs into the factory harness leaving cut wires on the other end. I bought some male/female crimp on connectors and that is what i used to connect the harness to the wires coming out of the pc.

    If you have an aftermarket amp you can get a speaker wire to rca adapter to allow you to connect to the amp.

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    Thanks so much for the feed back, I am on the fence between an "all in one" head unit PC vs trying to find a spot under my seat for the PC. I know that I have found places to purchase carpc's that run your choice of i3/i5/i7 with up to 8g of RAM, but these units would require me to place them under my seat and I have VERY limited space under mine. But betweem my emails to Revosys and the intel that I am getting from you, I may have to make the space "appear" for the other unit. Thanks and I hope that you get your unit running in premo condition and to your standards.

    Quote Originally Posted by JRC27 View Post
    I got a harness specific to my vehicle (PAC, Metra or Scosche) and that plugs into the factory harness leaving cut wires on the other end. I bought some male/female crimp on connectors and that is what i used to connect the harness to the wires coming out of the pc.

    If you have an aftermarket amp you can get a speaker wire to rca adapter to allow you to connect to the amp.

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    thanks jrc27 for the review.


    general zod, if you don't mind me asking, what kind of questions lead to a questionable decision from revosys?

    i know there are many people that have always wanted a all-in-one solution, and so far, the only company that appears decent that i know of is revosys.. but to date, this thread is the first time i have ever seen a revosys unit get reviewed and overall, there is a general lack of info about the company..

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    thanks jrc27 for the review.


    general zod, if you don't mind me asking, what kind of questions lead to a questionable decision from revosys?

    i know there are many people that have always wanted a all-in-one solution, and so far, the only company that appears decent that i know of is revosys.. but to date, this thread is the first time i have ever seen a revosys unit get reviewed and overall, there is a general lack of info about the company..
    The main problem is, they are not the manufacturer of the unit. They are a distributor of some sort as the units are made in china. I will say that every email i have sent to the people at revosys has gotten a response. It may take a day or two, but a reply is made. If you have a big issue with the pc, it will most likely have to be sent back to china to diagnose and repair. So it is not a quick turn around by any means.

    One of the big issues i have with the unit is that the unit is described as being easily upgradeable. Having read that, the first thing i did when i got it was to take the cover off and see what's going on in there and how things were laid out. Apparently i voided the warranty by doing that, so when i had issues with the lcd 2 weeks later, the so called engineers in China said that i opened the case and therefore i was the cause of the lcd getting hosed. That still chaps my arse.

    As far as being the all in one solution, it is. It fits perfectly in my double din slot and looks factory when everything is buttoned up. In the end, it really depends on how much room you have and how much time you want to spend running wires.

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    Well Soundman,

    I started emailing Revosys before I even found this forum becuase of the specific funtionality that I want my carputer to have. I want it to be my mobile office, complete with webcam/mic/DVD+DL burner...etc basically as good as anthing one would find in a home office. As such I dont want any lacking in my processing power as well as my entertainment (music and other media). I want a Win7 64bit machine with at least 4gigs of RAM and a dual core processor.

    So my first email to them was about more RAM, they replied back that with it being intergrated that there was no way to apply more which I understand. I also asked why does the picture show 4USB slots but per their specs you only get 2. They replied that there are 2 slots on the back and the Mobo offers you the possiblities to add another 2 to the rear. Then I emailed them about the SD card slot, I wanted to know did it support SDHC...they have yet to reply to that email. Then I started looking for others with this unit from this same supplier to make sure they were legit and also to see how the system performance was. That is when I found myself here. Based upon JRC27's experience plus my want for more overall performance I think that I will pass on Revosys and go with another supplier i found "Carputer.me". Now I have only exchange phone calls and emails at this point so I am not vouching for them as of yet until I purchase, but they do offer the power and performance that I require BUT it is not an all in one solution...which I can live without.

    I know I said alot, and I hope that I gave some sort of answers to your question.

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